Bad result at Anfield won’t sway Erik ten Hag’s transfer plans

Erik ten Hag does not plan to change Manchester United’s plans for the summer transfer window on the back of last weekend’s 7-0 defeat against Liverpool. We already know that top managers are not knee jerk and we’re sure the gaffer will be assessing the situation until the end of the season.

We’ve all heard and read about the defeat non-stop for the past week, and we all think it’s time to move on, but reporters felt it was relevant enough to bring up in the pre-Southampton press conference that took place on Thursday night after United’s 4-1 win over Real Betis in the Europa League.

United are expected to sign a centre-forward in the summer. Hopefully we’ve got the money to sign a top one, as well as a top midfielder, but there are other areas that need strengthening too. A new goalkeeper wouldn’t be the worst idea.

However, Ten Hag insists his thinking wasn’t being swayed by the events that took place at Anfield last Sunday.

“No, it can’t change after one game. There is a continuing process and it’s already in the background,” Ten Hag said of his summer plans, as per the Manchester Evening News.

“When the season comes to an end it’s going to be even more difficult for every team because the pressure will be higher and higher.

“So you need character, you need determination, you need resilience, you need a team with personalities and I think we’ve already showed several times this season that this team can deal with setbacks.

“[On Thursday] we have seen an example, but before after Brentford, Arsenal and we also bounced back after (Manchester) City.

“Betis is part one and Sunday [vs Southampton] has to be another one but I think with this team we can rely on that and that they can bounce back, but it demands a lot of energy, a lot of togetherness from a lot of players to get the performances that we’ve shown against Betis.”

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